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Making children's participation in neighbourhood settings relevant to the everyday lives of young people (PLA 42)

Getting children involved in decision making in their neighbourhood is important to make them and their views feel valued. This paper describes a participation process in Melbourne, Australia, where young people were asked directly what they felt about their local community and how it could be improved, and how this led to improved relations with the local council and residents.

This article was published in PLA 42: Children's Participation – Evaluating Effectiveness (October 2001). Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics, students and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board.

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